Wildcat Trail Bridges

One of the new bridges at Allt na Feithe Buidhe.

One of the new bridges at Allt na Feithe Buidhe.

July 2011 saw the Wildcat Trail near Newtonmore go from strength to strength as an award-winning construction team bridged the Allt na Féithe Buidhe and Allt Mor with a pair of steel-beam bridges. Strong Bridges Ltd had been engaged by COAT to replace an existing timber-beam bridge over the Allt na Féithe Buidhe and install a new bridge over the Allt Mor after Newtonmore Community and Woodland Development Trust (NCWDT) asked for help with essential repair to the old bridge.

The NCWDT and Kingussie Community Development Company (KCDC) were also keen to establish a new crossing to link the Wildcat Trail with the Loch Gynack path completed by COAT in the summer of 2010 and so the go-ahead was given for a new bridge over the Allt Mor. Inspection of the existing Allt na Féithe Buidhe bridge revealed that a completely new structure would be the best option to secure the crossing.

COAT liaised closely with the relevent land owners (Glen Banchor Estate and the crofter; Mr Mackenzie) throughout the development of project and both land owners generously gave their approval in time for the project to go ahead under the Community Network Paths Project.

Further improvements to way-marking from the Wildcat Trail up to the march-line between Glen Banchor and Pitmain Estates are in development to help define the route across the hill-ground between the Wildcat Trail and the start of the constructed section of the Loch Gynack path.